The Nuclear Weapons "Procurement Holiday"
It has become popular among military and congressional leaders to argue that the United States has had a “procurement holiday” in nuclear force planning for the past two decades. During this "holiday," the United States has been busy modernizing and upgrading its nuclear forces including: submarines, bombers, missiles, cruise missiles, gravity bombs, reentry vehicles, command and control satellites, warhead surveillance and production facilities. Hans Kristensen writes that with the next cycle of upgrades, there needs to be a calm and intelligent assessment by policymakers to identify how much modernization and what types of systems are needed.LEARN MORE
Counting Nuclear Warheads in the Public Interest
For the past 28 years, the Nuclear Notebook has provided policymakers and public with critical, unclassified estimates of worldwide nuclear arsenals. This includes research on what kind of weapons are deployed, where they are located, stockpile trends, and methods of delivery. Notebook authors Hans Kristensen, Director of the Nuclear Information Project at FAS, and Robert Norris, FAS Senior Fellow for Nuclear Policy, take a look at some of the major accomplishments of the Notebook and the role it has played in the public debate.LEARN MORE
Rumors About Nuclear Weapons in Crimea
There have been many rumors that Russia has deployed nuclear weapons to Crimea after it invaded the region earlier this year. But, many of these rumors are overly alarmist and ignore the fact that a nuclear capable weapon is not the same as a nuclear warhead. The presence of Russian non-strategic nuclear forces in Crimea is not new; they have been there for decades. The uncertainty about what’s being moved to Crimea and what’s stored there illustrates the special problem with non-strategic nuclear forces: they tend to be dual-capable and serve both nuclear and conventional roles, a conventional deployment can quickly be misinterpreted as a nuclear signal or escalation whether intended or real or not.LEARN MORE
CIA Torture Report: Oversight, but No Remedies Yet
Last week, the Senate Intelligence Committee released its report on the CIA's post 9/11 interrogation program. The report details the inhumane and brutal treatment of detainees, and was not a story the CIA was motivated to tell. Steven Aftergood writes that the Committee report is a remarkable demonstration of the congressional oversight function as it was performed in adverse, unfavorable conditions, as committee questions were ignored and inaccurate information was provided. The most important omission from the report is the absence of any discussion of remedies.LEARN MORE